Journey to Embodiment
Amorgos Island, Greece Retreat with Tara Lemerise
There is something profound about the quiet but undeniable power in the grace and fluidity of the perpetually moving ocean, especially when it comes up against the stability and immovability of a mountain. The breath-taking Greek island of Amorgos where the ocean meets mountain will set the scene for a week that will support you in uniting the constantly changing with the steady unwavering parts of you. This captivating juxtaposition is the visual representation of the magic available when we welcome and embrace our own contradictions.
Yoga is never “this or that”; it is always “this and that.” Yoga is the state of uniting our seemingly disparate pieces into one comprehensive piece and it is the aim of this week-long retreat. From creative but accessible flowing moving practices to deeply restful Restorative Yoga practices, the classes on this retreat will offer you exactly what you need to feel empowered, rested, and inspired.
Not all yoga happens on a mat and the schedule for this retreat also provides plenty of time for you to do whatever will nourish you most. Perhaps you will explore the island on optional guided tours or other organized adventures. You might decide to take a walk along blue water beaches to explore underwater caves or spend time on the ancient hiking trails. You can book spa treatments, take naps in your beautiful well-appointed room, and relax by the pool.
Journey with Tara and a supportive and encouraging community of like-minded souls to celebrate your embodiment while you take exquisite care of yourself on this epic yoga vacation.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Group Ground Transportation to/from the port on Amorgos to Retreat Center (Participants must make their own ferry arrangements for arriving and departing Amorgos Island.)
- Use of yoga room and facilities
- Free use of spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, and fitness center)
- 10% discount on all spa treatments
- Unlimited internet access
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This beautifully designed, family-run hotel is nestled on the cliffs of a quiet and peaceful Greek Island. Conveniently located near the bay and within walking distance of sandy beaches. Every room has a simple, elegant decor and boasts views of the sea. The hundreds of reviews comment that the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and super helpful and most guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. Their chefs provide healthy, gourmet meals that incorporate fresh organic produce from their garden. They offer full services, from spa to gym to pool. Come and enjoy an authentic Greek experience.
Tara Lemerise, E-RYT 200/E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher based in the Washington, DC area and is a life-long seeker. What she has wanted and needed has changed over time, including community, freedom, boundaries, healing, compassion, achievement, truth, spiritual connection, creativity, stability, and intellectual discourse. In every case, the tradition of yoga has always offered her whatever she has been seeking.
Tara discovered yoga when she was studying philosophy and religion in college in 1999. Over the past 25 years of yoga study and 19 years of yoga teaching, she has engaged with great love and reverence with many different styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, and Kriya Yoga. She has dabbled in some and done deep dedicated immersive serious study in others.
Three things Tara values the most in her own practice and in her teaching are agency, self-trust, and empowerment. Students can feel this encouragement in her teaching and consider her to be a well-traveled guide, not an authoritarian who promises all of the right answers. Tara’s teaching is full of joy and compassion. She is an inclusive and responsive teacher, offering classes with dogma free authenticity in harmony with honor for tradition and inspired by relatable stories rooted in yoga tradition that feel relevant to everyday life.
“Tara is a gifted yoga practitioner and instructor who organized a once a lifetime retreat experience in the Costa Rican rainforest that provided me ample time to practice yoga, relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.” – Mary Lou M.
“My time on Tara’s retreats is always incredible. I returned from our last retreat in Costa Rica with a few new friends, some healing in my heart, magical moments in nature, the courage to move forward with the next step in my life, and amazing memories.” – Carrie D.
“Tara is a master teacher as well as a calm and steady leader. She creates a community of support where every person on her retreats feels valued and included. You will not regret working with Tara.” – Mary B.
Amorgos is a picture-perfect Greek island. From traditional villages to stunning beaches, this secluded island is everything you imagine when you dream of a Greek holiday. During your retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the island through various tours and activities. These excursions will give you a chance to discover what makes Amorgos so spectacular. Whether you are learning traditional Greek dance moves, exploring the underwater world of Greece, or hiking through local villages, tours and activities are a great way to make the most of your time in Greece.
Some of the possible options for tours and activities during your Greece retreat include:
- Hiking Tours
- Herbal Tours
- Cooking Demonstration
- Organic Gardens
- Greek Nights (Traditional Greek Music and Dancing)
*Activities are not included in the price of tuition
Please be sure to review Our Policies.
Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
Included in the retreat is a shuttle from the local port on Amorgos Island to the retreat center. Participants will be responsible for securing their transportation to Amorgos Island. There are many ways to come to this island and this will depend on your travel plans. Many participants enjoy arriving in Athens a day early and staying a day later in order to have more ferry options and travel flexibility. Once the retreat is confirmed, you will receive complete information about the airports and the ferry options that will bring you to your destination. The center is a 5 or 35-minute shuttle ride, depending on which port you arrive at.
Participants must make their own ferry arrangements for arriving and departing Amorgos Island.
We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Shared Accommodations – $2895 USD
Single Accommodations – $3295 USD
A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
- Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
- 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
- True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
- Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.
*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.
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